Last blast before warmer weather

The contrast between north and south has been unusually pronounced this summer, with successive fronts lashing the south, and drought conditions in the north.  Cooler conditions have prevailed, with much of New Zealand 1 to 2 degrees colder than... Read More

Floragora the ‘Tinder for gardeners’

A new website being touted as the ‘Tinder for gardeners' is helping green-thumbed Kiwis swap seeds, flowers and bulbs. Launched this summer, Floragora is quickly taking root with flower enthusiasts as the website aims to make it easier for... Read More

Mount rabbit population booming

Mount locals may have noticed an increase in rabbits popping up in the suburbs lately. Mount Maunganui resident Rosalie Liddle Crawford says they're all along Maunganui Road and Totara Street at the moment, as well as Mauao itself. She jokes “you... Read More

Big quake near Te Kaha

A magnitude 5 earthqauke has been recorded near Te Kaha this morning. GeoNet has issued an initial release desrcibing the 5.2 magnitude quake as strong. It has now been reassessed to a magnitude 5 earthquake and is listed as "moderate". The earthquake... Read More

‘Bug Man’ to host gala dinner

New Zealand's advocate for all kinds of insects, the ‘Bug Man' – aka Ruud Kleinpaste – has been confirmed as MC for the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower gala dinner at the ASB Arena on Wednesday, February 15. New Zealand... Read More

Bay's weather warning lifted

A severe weather warning issued for the Bay of Plenty in the weekend has been lifted with predictions of fine spells for today. The deep low pressure system crossed the country this weekend, bringing lashings of rain and wind for many parts of New Zealand. Some... Read More

Pleading for pet rabbits

Pet rabbit owners are petitioning the government against importing any more rabbit calcivirus or rabbit haemorrhagic viruses to knock down feral rabbit numbers. The Ministry of Primary Industries has budgeted $240,000 to be spent during the current financial... Read More

Kulim Park creature identified

The eel-like creature with teeth found at Kulim Park last week is most likely a snake eel, says Russ Hawkins at Fat Boy Charters. Murray Milgrew stepped on it while towing Sandy Fenton's six-year-old son Levi Roper on his boogie board through knee... Read More

Storm passes by, mostly

Judging by the number of fire service call outs, the Western Bay of Plenty escaped most of the impact of last night's storm. Mount Maunganui fire fighters were called to a power pole down in Lachlan Avenue Mount Maunganui this morning. About 700... Read More

Weather with Rosalie and Sunlive

The weather forecast is for rain this morning with the risk it may turn heavy. This should ease in the late afternoon with the northerly winds turning to westerlies. Today in history, in 1788, was the birth day of Lord George Byron, an English poet who... Read More



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